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Windows 7: Restore from full image just one drive.. Possible? Windows Backup tool

29 May 2012   #1
vlsi99xx

win 7 64
 
 
Restore from full image just one drive.. Possible? Windows Backup tool

Hello: newbie here

I looked but I couldn't find the answer. I had made a full image of 3 drives using Win 7 backup tool. However, since then, I have removed 2 of the disks but I want to restore just one of the drives where the OS was installed (these are physical HDD= 3). Windows restore CD does not let me restore just one drive since the image is for all 3.
Is there any way that I can force windows 7 to restore just one of the drives from the the full image with 3 drives? Unfortunately, the drives that I removed already have new data in another PC and pretty big (2T each). I don't to buy 2 drives just to install the OS image.

thank you


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29 May 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the two HDDs that you removed were only data drives and not system drives, then yes you could use step 8 or 9 in the tutorial below to only restore the system drive (step 8 easiest way) or exclude the drives you don't want restored (step 9).

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 May 2012   #3
vlsi99xx

win 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the two HDDs that you removed were only data drives and not system drives, then yes you could use step 8 or 9 in the tutorial below to only restore the system drive (step 8 easiest way) or exclude the drives you don't want restored (step 9).

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi thank you for the quick response. I noticed that I do not get the option "only restore system drives" The image says drive G;E;C. C was the drive the OS was installed (there were backups of the OS in the data drives G and E). Do you have an idea why I don't get the option to install "only restore system drives". Is it possible because I have one application that got installed in the data drive?



thanks again (long time reader of this forum by the way).
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29 May 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Does it allow you to exclude them using step 9 instead?
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29 May 2012   #5
vlsi99xx

win 7 64
 
 

No, it only shows the drive that I want to install the OS

thanks
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30 May 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, unfortunately it appears that the system image backup will require 3 HDDs to be able to restore it. It must have been 3 system drives that were included in the image backup.

If you decide not to restore the image and to do a clean install instead, then you could also use the tutorial below to manually extract any files and folders you want from the image backup afterwards if you like.

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
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